Van Alstin writes about the hardships parents must feel when the fate of their child is left in their hands, and criticizes government policies regarding the inducement of death. His story is about parents who decided to bring their child off of life support, who happened to be able to breathe once the tubes were removed. This is when the government imposed on the privacy of the family’s personal matters and kept the parents from killing their child for their own comfort.
Perhaps the government should not step in when murder is about to take place in a domestic environment. According to this article, the peace of mind and feeling of closure is more important than a person’s life. When did we start to have the right to determine the worth of a person’s life? Maybe killing an innocent child is not actually murder if it is giving parents the closure they need.
If the young man were ready to die, he would have died when the life support was removed. The government imposes these policies to keep the innocent alive. Some people are evil enough to murder and use the removal of life support as a way out of prison time. This is why those laws are in place and should not be criticized when parents are not lucky enough for their son to die when they think he had enough time alive.
Freshman psychology major